Senior Programme Officer, Resources & Conflict at War on Want

JOB DESCRIPTION

War on Want has been fighting the root causes of poverty for the past 60 years in active solidarity with people across the world.  We seek transformative change by empowering grassroots movements and challenging political decisions at national and international levels which perpetuate poverty and injustice.     

War on Want is seeking to develop its programme of fighting against the plunder of natural resources by multinationals.  The resources and conflict programme focuses on the conflict over natural resources as well as its impact on people who experience loss of livelihoods, violent conflict, persistent human rights violations (including the right to protest) and environmental degradation.

This is an exciting position for a person with the drive and passion to help achieve the objective of securing rights for people threatened by corporate control of natural resources.  This will be achieved by supporting communities in their efforts to better protect their fundamental rights and developing global alliances to expose and challenge natural resource expropriation.

You will be responsible to the International Programmes Director.

Areas of responsibility:

  1. Supporting grassroots movements fighting for their rights in the context of resource conflict
  2. Exposing the abuses of multinational corporations seeking to appropriate natural resources from other countries and communities
  3. Working to end predatory actions by states aiming to take control of other’s natural resources, including land, oil, gas, water or minerals.
  4. Ensure effective and extensive communication of War on Want’s resources and conflict programme

Specific responsibilities

Programme strategic development:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the resources and conflict programme’s strategy
  • Develop annual plans of action to achieve the programme’s overall aim 
  • Be responsible for creating the advocacy strategy, policy positions and research work on conflict over resources
  • Establish national, regional and international alliances with networks and social movements in order to expose multinational companies and states seeking to appropriate natural resources
  • Identify and develop partnership with grassroots movements living under human rights violations because of conflict over natural resources
  • Identify actions to support people whose right to protest has been violated

Communications and networking:

  • Communicate effectively to position War on Want and its work on resource conflict in social media, mainstream and alternative media through written, visual and spoken means
  • Represent War on Want in public speaking, media interviews, to external organisations and to policy makers, including at a high level
  • Ensure War on Want’s various audiences are timely and efficiently informed on issues related to the resources and conflict programme
  • Facilitate communication between networks and social movements from the Global South and the UK 
  • Identify and coordinate exposure in the UK and globally of resources expropriated from local communities
  • Develop and implement UK events in coordination with partners from the Global South

Programme Management:

  • Investigate new sources of external funding and write funding applications for the overall programme implementation, including grants for partner organisations
  • Develop and maintain strong partnership with organisations in the Global South fighting against resource expropriation, human rights violations and criminalisation of protest
  • Manage grants for partners in the Global South
  • Manage the overall budget of the resources and conflict programme
  • Manage external consultants, volunteers and where appropriate other staff  
  • Ensure good communication with all War on Want departments
  • Maintain up to date War on Want’s organisational systems

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Substantial experience of working with grassroots movements from the Global South, including experience overseas
  • Practical experience in strategising and coordinating initiatives with grassroots movements in the Global South and organisations/social movements in the UK
  • Strong political understanding of the root causes of poverty
  • Proven networking and facilitating skills to drive collective aims
  • Proven communication skills in English (written and spoken). Please submit links to examples with your application
  • Fluency or working knowledge of Spanish
  • Commitment and passion for the aims and values of War on Want
  • Ability to work within a team and on own initiative
  • Flexibility and ability to work to tight deadlines

Desirable

  • Knowledge of resource conflict issues
  • Experience of organising events e.g. conferences, seminars

Job title: Senior Programme Officer, Resources & Conflict

Location: London

Salary: £33,828 rising towards £35,553 on an annual incremental basis, plus 6% non-contributory employer’s pension

Contract: Full time, permanent

Closing date: 5 May 2015, 1pm